Man to pay $14,500 for return of $34,000 watch

A Richmond man who failed to declare a pricey watch he was wearing following a trip to China last August, must pay nearly $14,500 to get it back.

Wei Hong Huang, 41, pled guilty Tuesday in Richmond provincial court to one count of attempting to evade duty under the customs act.

On Aug. 6, Huang returned to Vancouver International Airport after a four-month trip to China, and was selected for a secondary examination by a Canada Border Services officer.

He had declared a camera, shoes and clothing totalling $650.

But when a border officer asked about the Vacheron Constantin watch he was wearing, he claimed that the watch was a couple of years old.

But he later changed his story, and admitted that he received the $34,000 watch as a gift during his trip.

In addition to a court fine of $3,477.01, an amount equal to the duty he evaded, Huang will have to pay a civil penalty of about $11,000 to the Canada Border Services Agency to get his watch back.

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